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standing

[stan-ding] /ˈstæn dɪŋ/
noun
1.
rank or status, especially with respect to social, economic, or personal position, reputation, etc.:
He had little standing in the community.
2.
good position, reputation, or credit:
He is a merchant of standing in the community.
3.
length of existence, continuance, residence, membership, experience, etc.:
a friend of long standing.
4.
standings, Sports. a list of teams or contestants arranged according to their past records:
According to the standings, the White Sox are leading the division by three games.
5.
the act of a person or thing that stands.
6.
a place where a person or thing stands.
7.
Law. the right to initiate or participate in a legal action:
having standing as a friend of the court.
adjective
8.
having an erect or upright position:
a standing lamp.
9.
performed in or from an erect position:
a standing jump.
10.
still; not flowing or stagnant, as water; stationary.
11.
continuing without cessation or change; lasting or permanent.
12.
continuing in operation, force, use, etc.:
a standing rule.
13.
customary or habitual; generally understood:
We have a standing bridge game every Friday night.
14.
Printing. kept for use in subsequent printings:
standing type.
15.
out of use; idle:
a standing engine.
16.
Nautical. noting any of various objects or assemblages of objects fixed in place or position, unless moved for adjustment or repairs:
standing bowsprit.
17.
Knots. noting the part of a rope that is in use and terminates in a knot or the like.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see stand, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
unstanding, adjective
Synonyms
2. See credit.
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Examples for standings
  • The different woodworking professions implied very different social standings.
British Dictionary definitions for standings

standing

/ˈstændɪŋ/
noun
1.
social or financial position, status, or reputation a man of some standing
2.
length of existence, experience, etc
3.
(modifier) used to stand in or on standing room
adjective
4.
(athletics)
  1. (of the start of a race) begun from a standing position without the use of starting blocks
  2. (of a jump, leap, etc) performed from a stationary position without a run-up
5.
(prenominal) permanent, fixed, or lasting
6.
(prenominal) still or stagnant a standing pond
7.
(printing) (of type) set and stored for future use Compare dead (sense 17)
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Word Origin and History for standings
standing
late 14c., action of the verb stand (q.v.). In the sense of "rank, status," it is first recorded 1570s. Legal sense is first recorded 1924. Sports sense is from 1881.
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